Saturday, January 31, 2009

26th Face

Amara's first face. She drew this in October '08. There are now more to add to her collection but this one counts as the harbinger of many more. Not bad for a three year old.

Friday, January 30, 2009

25th Face

Doug Sr.
I am so lucky, honored, proud and glad to have you as a dad.
Photo taken by Amara and her
indestructible digital camera already a better photographer than myself.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Troll Thursday!

Good morning. Announcing a new feature for this blog; Troll Thursday! Trolls are becoming more and more prevalent in internet forums and chat rooms, so I am doing my part to keep the annoying ones off this blog and adding a little fun to this Faces blog. So, every Thursday at least one troll from my sketchbook or somewhere else will be posted here. I hope you enjoy them. If you have an idea or theme for a troll, you all are most welcome to post them in the comments.
Now, time to get your troll on, and thanks for stopping by. Some other trolls.
Note: All trolls to be posted here are pure fantasy. Any resemblance to actual people is pretty much unintentional.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Twenty-third Face(s)

Faces from the train.
A new feature starts Thursday, stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Twenty-Second Face(s)

Kindergarten. (Which is me, I wonder?)

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Nineteenth Face(s)

Today, I am going to make a slight deviation to posting a face a day to post some images from Friday.

Yesterday my wife, Lynette, took her Leigh High School science club students to Ano Nuevo State Natural Reserve for a day trip to get up close and personal with the Northern Elephant Seals who congregate there. This is just one of many science related excursions she and the club go on each year. Due to my association with Lynette, I am a default chaperon and get to go along on many of these adventures and Ano Nuevo is on of my favorites, second only to the kayak trip they take in Monterey when the weather gets springier.

It was too moist to sketch but, here is collection of snapshots of the trip. Now is a great time to visit, as the elephant seals are all back on the beach resting up, birthing pups, mating, and so forth before continuing on their long migration in the sea. Click on any image for a larger view.
Jacqueline looks pensive in the back of the truck on the way there.The coast zips past.
The hike out to the beach begins. Katie is 'go' for adventure
.The group and a Sharks fan.

This is just a cool gnarled coastal pine.

Compare this cast to the green push pin to get an idea of the size of the grizzlies that were out there once.
Melissa and Adam listen to the docent.
Natural sea carvings on the coast.
The view is beautiful, even in the rain.
The old light house at the point.
Adam, Jacqueline and Katie look forward to seeing the elephant seals
Ranger Gary gives direction.
A large Bull lays in the dunes.
Ah love...
A bellowing male.
A huge congregation
Ah, sleep.
Adam and Daniel spectate.
Another bellowing bull elephant seal. the larger the fleshy nose bulb, the deeper the resonance and bigger the harem.
Another bull. You really do walk very close to these huge creatures, which weigh up to 5000 lbs.
A shore raptor perched.

The dunes.
Molting seals.
A view from a dune.
Olivia and Melissa observe.
A pup suckles while a gull looks on.

The abandoned lighthouse
Hiking back to the visitor's center.
Sea lion skull
Elephant seal skull, again, compare the green push pin.
Jacqueline, Katie, Adam, Melissa, Olivia, and Daniel in the traditional 'old boat hull' picture.
At the all too familiar 'tail gate' lunch the group shows that, despite the rain, no spirits were dampened on this fun trip.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Eighteenth Face

Kai. 'Probably won't have time to upload tomorrow so this one is a little early. Hands are yummy, everyone should eat them.

Seventeenth Face(s)

From an eye construction lecture.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Fourteenth Face(s)

Clara (in hat) and Robert Baumann at her right. Circa 1940's, photographer unknown.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Thirteenth Face(s)

(it's 11:30 Jan 17...close enough for a new post)

Twelfth Face


Friday, January 16, 2009

Eleventh Face

Kai (with my thumb, again - my hands are too big for this tiny digital camera)